Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Oh great, another Idahoan is running our nation's natural landscape: Jim Caswell to head the Bureau of Land Management

The White House announced today that they have nominated Jim Caswell to be the new director of the Bureau of Land Management.

Caswell is a former timber-friendly Forest Supervisor from the Clearwater National Forest in northern Idaho. He was an opponent of Clinton's efforts to protect roadless lands and has headed the Idaho Office of Species Protection, which in Idaho means the protection of loggers, miners, and ranchers against eastern liberals and elites.

He has decried the cost of critical habitat designation for endangered species and he champions local control over natural resources and the earth. He prefers that Idaho's chinook salmon should find a way to survive the dams. He does not favor wolves or grizzly bears or bull trout on the endangered species list, and has worked to remove them from that list. He has often mused about why animals can't just get along with people.

He will join former Idaho senator and governor, Dirk Kempthorne, at the Department of Interior. In his position as Director of the BLM, Caswell will oversee approximately one eighth of the United States.

The White House announcement is here; a statement by Kempthorne is partially reported here (Miami Herald).

--Zadig

2 comments:

What the Chuck said...

Jim Caswell is easy to neutralize. What the hell did he ever manage to do at the Office of What the Fuck in Idaho besides collect a paycheck?

He is not a Worthy Foe. What is it gonna say about us if we can't stop that idiot?

Chuck

be said...

Caswell before a Senate Committee in '03 hating up on critical habitat designation and bull trout.

"We support current efforts in Congress to allow the Secretary of Interior to determine, in the first place, if critical habitat designation is needed in the best interests of the species."

"The Distinct Population Segment for the Columbia River bull trout must be broken into smaller, more biologically-based segments in order to make recovery achievable"

"Those of us who operate delegated federal environmental programs can attest there is a greater chance of environmental compliance when the state is brought into the partnership between government and the regulated community. An incentive-based approach is key. This same concept – “cooperative federalism” – must be applied to the Endangered Species Act."